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“Beautiful Flowers” – Women’s group formed in rural Myanmar

In the far north of Myanmar below the Himalayas, ten women in Putao have established a sewing cooperative and set up a women’s association called “Vnap Nampan Wat” roughly meaning “beautiful flowers”. They refer to themselves as beautiful, colourful, and diverse flowers, providing for their family and community. From their profits from selling clothing they …

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Solidarity kitchens on the move in Sri Lanka

Garment workers who have lost jobs as a result of the economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka can now gather together over free meals and discuss their issues. The second Solidarity Kitchen was opened last month in Biyagama Free Trade Zone (FTZ) by the FTZ &  General Services Employees Union. These workers have been …

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Thailand: Government officials attending union meetings

Government officials in Thailand have been attending union meetings, increasingly since the military coup in in 2014. At a Rangsit Labour Unions Group (RLUG) AGM in November, three officials from Thailand’s Department of Labour Protection and Welfare were in attendance and took notes and photographs throughout the meeting. The officials took photos of the union committee and …

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RLUG represent workers at Thai protests

UnionAID partners, The Rangsit Labour Unions Group was represented at the rallies, protests and marches at APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Community) in Bangkok Thailand this month. The concerns of a wider group representing workers in Thailand were that APEC opens up business trading, while ignoring labour rights, fair wages and the livelihoods of workers. The …

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Thai Union Organiser Not Guilty!

UnionAID Aotearoa NZ/Rangsit Labour Union Group Thailand project co-coordinator Sriprai Nonsee found not guilty of sedition Rangsit Labour Union Group organiser Sriprai Nonsee has been found found not guilty of sedition at the Criminal Court in Bangkok along with nine other defendants. Sriprai is a co-cordinator of the UnionAID project with the Rangsit Labour Union …

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Young Leaders Take Over Facebook

After six months of online classes the ten young leaders respectively from Mindanao and Indonesia 2022 groups have come together in-country to get to know one another and meet their Programme Managers, Alex Hill (MinLYP) and Caroline Novak (IYLP). During this time the two groups had the chance to connect with each other online as …

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Human Rights Violations Brought to Light

Courageous activists and National League for Democracy members are risking their lives documenting human rights violations in Myanmar. However online courses, organised this year by Thin Thin Lay (MYLP 2020) for forty six men and women, ensure they do this important work safely and effectively. Since the training, participants have provided on-the-ground data to the …

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Military Executions Shock World

The recent extra-judicial executions of four human rights defenders by the Myanmar miliary have shocked the world. Although not unexpected, these show the lengths to which the brutal junta will go to inspire terror. After the killings, one of the young leaders who studied in Wellington in 2017 – and returned with high hopes for …

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New Project to Raise Wages for Thai Plasterboard Workers

A new UnionAID project will focus on preventing exploitation of migrant workers in Thailand who produce plasterboard now being sold very cheaply in Aotearoa-New Zealand. While Thai plasterboard will be up to 40% cheaper than locally produced plasterboard, analysis shows this benefit is gained from exploiting migrant workers in Thailand whose wages are up to …

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Solidarity Kitchens Support Sri Lankan Garment Workers

Every Sunday garment workers in Sri Lanka who have lost jobs because of the political and economic crisis come together to cook, talk, share experiences, and engage in morale boosting activities such as games, singing, and dancing. This is the initiative of our project partner, the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union (FTZ&GSEU) …

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Support the people of Myanmar

Two years on from the military coup, the people of Myanmar are still fighting for their democracy and their future against the military coup.

They are calling for our support.

We are liaising constantly with our partners on how we can help.  They have asked for funding to support the campaign for democracy and to uphold human rights.